Judge: School Can Move Girl in ID-Tracking Case 1/8/13
January 8, 2013
SAN ANTONIO (AP) - A federal judge says a Texas school district can transfer a student to another campus for refusing to wear an identification card that's part of an electronic tracking system.
The parents of 15-year-old Andrea Hernandez are suing her San Antonio high school, arguing that the ID rule violates her religious beliefs.
Her father had asked a judge to prevent his daughter from being transferred as the lawsuit moves through the courts. But U.S. District Judge Orlando Garcia denied the request Tuesday.
Garcia said the school district can transfer Hernandez to another campus if she doesn't accept the district's accommodation of wearing a badge without the tracking chip.
Hernandez's family says the badge is a "mark of the beast" that goes against their religion.